Hey all, we have put together a team for the 2012 Baja 1000 and I thought I would share what we are doing in preparation for the race all the way through the end of the Baja.
Let me give you a bit of background of how all of this started. First we are all veterans who work together providing security for our government, and all have a passion for motorcycles.
After talking some about our "bucket list" we found that all of us had the Baja at the top, so what the hell lets do it. After we decided to race I thought that we could race, and help our veterans at the same time through the Wounded Warrior Foundation. Two of the riders, myself and Randy are disabled but thank goodness that not to the point that we could not undertake this venture.
So we recruited another buddy who knows how to setup a website, and has his own video/photography shop. He was roped into being our photographer/pit guy along with my wife. Now my wife is the only one on the team that isn't a veteran but if you checkout her Bio on our website you will see that she as close as you can get without being one.
The first order of business was to get a bike for the race, the only one that I had that might be good for the race wasn't good enough. So I found a new (well new to me) bike a 07 CRF450X that was just about brand new, so I pulled the trigger on it. I know it isn't new but I think it should be good enough for our team. We know that we will not be completive in the race, our goal is to finish in the allotted time. For a bunch of guys like us I would conceder that a win! With that in mind we want a rock so we are going to try and keep it stock, well as much as we can. Now with that in mind I know that we have a Metric Butt ton if experience on ADV and I would appreciate any advice that you would give me on what I should or shouldn't do to the bike. As of now the only thing I have got for it is 3.2 IMS, bash plate, radiator guards, hand guards, and tug straps. I know that I will also be getting a stabilizer, foot pegs, and extra rims. I don't know if I should do anything else or not, ie. pipe, airbox mod and some other things that I know most do to the CRF. I am also trying to find some lights, eyeing the 8 inch Baja Design lights along with the stator or the Cyclops LED's.
I know that the course isn't out yet but I know it is a point to point. I have no experience in Baja so I have no idea about good places for rider changes. One thing that we are worried about is getting everyone on the bike at some point. I have been thinking of starting with some short stints to get all three of us on the bike just incase something happens over the 1000. I would hate to have one of the riders not get a chance to get on the bike at all, but not sure if we would have enough places that the truck could get to make enough changes happen. I am not sure if we will have one or two trucks. If you have any ideas on this or advice please let me know, again we are all cherry's with the Baja.
Well that is about it for now I hope that you enjoy the story as it unfolds, and I will keep posting as I can. Please checkout our website and help us make our goal to help our Wounded Warriors. I would also like to give a big THANK YOU to AirborneAndy for all the advice and support he has given me.
Wish us luck,